How to cut, copy, and paste on Android phones

Cutting, copying, and pasting are actions that are regularly performed in apps and between apps: getting an address from a message into a map, moving an image from an email to a document, or just transferring text from one end of a note to another. But while I’ve known how to cut, copy, and paste on a laptop or desktop computer for, well, forever, I wasn’t quite as sure at first how to do it on my Android phone.

In fact, cutting, copying, sharing, or pasting on Android is pretty straightforward — no matter which app you’re in or what you’re trying to move around. Here’s how to do it.

Note: I’ve tested these techniques on a Google Pixel 8 running Android 14 and a Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 running Android 14 and One UI 6.0.

Selecting, copying, and sharing text

When you highlight a section of text, a small bar of options will pop up above your selection.

When you copy or cut text, you’ll see it above your Gboard keyboard.

The process for selecting text on the screen, whether it’s editable text (as in a form) or non-editable text (like on a webpage), is the same in most scenarios:

  • Press and hold on a word until it’s selected.
  • Drag the handles at each end of the selection if you want to include more words.
  • Tap Select all on the pop-up bar above the selection to select all the text in the section.

In some apps (such as Google Keep), you can also double-tap on a word to select it, rather than tapping and holding. You might find this easier if the app you’re using supports it. (Gmail, for example, does not.)

However you do it, once you select your text, you’ll get a list of options that

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